CASA of Oklahoma County’s thorough training process provides the volunteer with in-depth information about the courts and case dynamics. Our two training options are structured to cater to a variety of learning styles. Flex Training takes place both online and in the classroom and is a five-week program. Traditional Training takes place entirely in a classroom setting and lasts for ten weeks. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information on our training options.
After becoming a volunteer, additional training is required annually in compliance with national standard. In-service formal training is available quarterly to help volunteers meet the twelve hours of continuing education annually. This is a great way for practicing advocate volunteers to keep their basic skills sharp and to provide a more in-depth study of critical issues relating to child abuse and neglect.
Just over 50% of the abused and neglected children served by CASA of OK County are within the age range of 7 to 21. In 2013, CASA of Oklahoma County was fortunate to receive funding to allow the implementation of the Fostering Futures curriculum. Fostering Futures curriculum, created by the National CASA Association, focuses on improving outcomes for older and emancipating youth, ages 14 to 21, served by CASA volunteers. The training is designed to equip advocates with the necessary resources in preparing youth who verge on aging out of the system with the tools needed to set future-focused goals. This program empowers these at-risk teenagers and young adults with practical knowledge needed for managing personal finances, job-seeking skills, finding housing and engaging in healthy relationships.